Chocolate Cake in a Mug

Stop right now. Stop thinking I’m a genius. This idea was not mine. I altered it and made it to what I think is better, and you know I’m always right. So I guess you can still think of me as a genius. And worship me. Wow, that was a bold statement. I’m kidding about that. We all know I’m just a single female with crazy hormones who needs a chocolate fix regularly. Thank god for google which led me to Paleo Perfectly who answered my prayers for an easy, delicious chocolate cake on a Sunday afternoon, hungover, while alone at my house.

Let’s talk about girl things. If you didn’t know by now, I’m a female….a super single female to be exact. I make that clear in about….every blog post. But here’s my issue. I dress in spandex EVERY DAY. And I wear a headband EVERY DAY. It’s my job. I coach then I workout. Hard life. But I tend to lose my femininity. So what did I do this week?! I got my hair did. Oh yes I did! My amazing friend Baylee from Rebel Salon did a fantastic job, adding multiple colors and layers. I know you all care so much about this and all, but I had to tell you.

So you know what I did with my new hair-do? I styled it, put on a dress that becomes shorter with every step, AND added a pair of boots to the mix. I proceeded to add strong drinks, drinks meaning shots, and found my way to the dancefloor at Blake Street Tavern. The whole plan of this night was to look cute enough to get a number, hopefully by a sober male who loves CrossFit, is hilarious, and loves paleo baked goods. Let’s be realistic, that failed. I was flailing across the dancefloor with all couples. I looked cool, real cool.

To sum up this night, I don’t like drinking. The cleaner I eat, the less I drink, the more my body hates when I do mean things to it. So to recover from poisoning my body, I made paleo cake in a mug, watched ‘Chopped’ on my computer, and curled up in my bed trying not to vomit. Thank goodness for being single. When you’re single, you can make yourself paleo cake in a mug, on a Sunday afternoon, and no one can tell you any different. You can sport headbands, spandex, and an uncomfortable odor that no one in the room will talk about, and that’s cool! And you can flail across the dancefloor, never getting hit on, and that’s perfect. Being single is so fantastic.


Paleo Chocolate Cake in a Mug




  1. Add all ingredients to a mug.
  2. Mix all ingredients well with a spoon.
  3. Microwave for 2 minutes.
  4. Consume.

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I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


110 thoughts on “Chocolate Cake in a Mug”

  1. So I have definitely eaten the original recipe multiple nights in a row. Since you say this is better I must put your theory to the test. It's definitely for the good of the people. What people? I don't know. I just want to eat the cake. Again.

    BTW, this post was hella funny. And it takes talent to make a post about cake in a mug comical. Seriously.

    1. ok, with this paleo thing… You can’t just work around the rules and ready the same way as before! please try to think in a linear path with me. Not slapping hands with rulers but… come on man! choco cake?! not a survivalist menu item in 10, 000 bc lmao! idea is easy like baboon- run round like baboon- kooky like baboon! also live as long as baboon, think hard as baboon and scream crazy gibberish like baboon! easy as cake… doh! I mean mammoth loin roast!

  2. Hooray for chocolate! And thank God you're alive too. I was really starting to get worried for a while there. My work days have been boring as hell without your constantly varied humor mixed in. Maybe I'll try this on a Sat night instead of the pint of coconut milk ice cream I tend to knockout in one sitting. Which, by the by, I blame you for as well.

  3. Lol thanks the WholeMom, cakes always seems comical to me. Especially when I'm falling asleep into my mug of chocolate from my hangover.

    Nik-I think you may be the best flailer around.

    Damon- I just posted something new just for you! It's not that interesting nor a good story, but I tried. I tried real hard. Wouldn't want you to be bored at work!!

  4. Thank you soooooo much for this! was dying for a cake of some sort, that wouldn't require me to have michelin star to make!


    this is FUNNY! I just stumbled across this post per a microwave cake google search and I'm glad I did! I too am single and have found that the cleaner I eat the worse it hurts when I booze it up in my all-too-rare-thesedays nights out on the town. Too bad you live in CO, I sneakily feel like we'd be friends:)

  6. If I ever can't find this stupid recipe that I should be able to remember because I've made it so many times and it's easy I think my husband might divorce me…. well maybe not divorce but it would be very serious.

    SHEW – I found it again. Completely dependent on your site. THANKS – I think…. 🙂

  7. P.S. It's Biggest Loser night and it is our tradition on Biggest Loser night to go kill ourselves at Crossfit, eat in front of the TV on the couch and EAT PALEO CHOCOLATE CAKE IN A MUG!!!

  8. I just so happened to have almost all of the ingredients tonight . . . this night on which I am CRAVING CHOCOLATE like none other!!! I didn’t have any honey, so I used coconut nectar . . . absolutely FABULOUS!!! I’m so glad I found this tonight . . . it completely hit the spot!

  9. My daughter and I tried this tonight….OMG it is soooooo amazing, like chocolate fudge…wouldn’t even know it was paleo! We had ours with (dairy) cream, which I know isn’t paleo, but it tasted fantastic.

    Thanks for a great and very amusing blog! Love it!

  10. wow! this cake sounds and looks exciting! will try it soon. congrats to your blog. I find it really unique. greetings from Budapest 🙂

  11. Hi Julie! Day 25 of Whole30 and I’m craving chocolate and know I’m not supposed to Paleo-fy and blah blah effing blah but was just surfing and of course landed on your blog. This looks yummy but not for a while (honey), but thought I’d say hi anyway, haven’t seen you in an age, hope you’re well.

  12. I’m trying to keep my carbs down so I calculated the nutrition info for this quick recipe! I substitued extra light olive oil for walnut oil, also.

    Calories 650 grams
    Carbohydrates 51grams
    Protein 18 grams
    Fat 44 grams


  13. You want a ‘glaze’ for this? Super easy… 1 T. coconut oil melted with 1 T. chocolate chips… mix and drizzle over the cake. I also added about 1/8t. coconut extract, but that’s totally optional. 🙂

    I made your recipe last night. The husband was skeptical, but was totally won over by the 2nd bite.

    Good call, JB. Delish.

  14. Eating this with a glass of Chameleon Cold Brew as we speak! So delish. Thank you SO much for the recipe and the coffee recommendation!

  15. This RULED!! I’d planned on making your coffee caramel bars last night, but life got in the way…so I had to “settle” for badass cake in a mug.
    I added chilled and whipped coconut milk frosting to the top, once I’d let it cool a bit. If you add a teeny bit of sweetener and some vanilla extract to chilled coconut milk (just the solid part in a can), it’s a dead ringer for vanilla buttercream. YUM!!

  16. I am Pooh bear when it comes to honey *roar* so I don’t keep any in the house. Lame, I know. Anyway! In case there are other fellow Pooh bears reading this – I use mashed banana instead. And sub coffee for cocoa powder (and then chop a couple of figs/dates as a topping if needed lol). Consume with your morning coffee and you’ll kick ass the whole day.

    p.s. I’ve been silently stalking your blog for a few weeks now and finally decided to stop being rude. So umm hello! *big wave* Love your blog, love your humour, and all the best at the competition!

  17. Yum! My partner and I loved this cake. The house smelled wonderful for at least an hour. We thought the servings too big, though. I’m planning to use your basic recipe to make a paleo version of my old favorite apple cake, a red velvet version, a mint version,,,,!.

  18. ummm shut the microwave door that was delicious!!! My friend told me about your website and all I have to say is she is getting a seriously large birthday your writing style as well 🙂 Thanks!!

  19. I came home from church with an overwhelming chocolate craving and was fortunate to come across your site. I whipped up two mugs worth of this recipe, added some enjoy life chocolate chips (maybe a tablespoon) and microwaved for 2 min. Perfect! When I returned to the office, mug in hand, my husband asked how on earth I made chocolate cake so quickly… I just winked and said “I’m good, doncha know?” He loved it, too!

    Thank you for this wickedly good super fast dessert. xo

  20. I have an AI disease so I can’t eat eggs so I replaced the egg with a banana. IT WAS AMAZING!!!! My husband had his with an egg and said that mine tasted better hahaha You’re site and blogs are awesome, keep up the fantastic entertainment!!! 🙂

  21. I added a splash of almond extract and some shaved dark chocolate and it was amazing! Love!

  22. Ok…So I don’t even LIKE chocolate. I made this for my hubby last night and had a bite – it was so good I made one for myself! Made it with special dark cocoa and had frozen banana “ice cream” with it. It was so good! I can’t believe I ate chocolate!

  23. I am new to paleo and was craving something sweet, but was having trouble finding something “paleo approved”. I figured I’d give this recipe a try and was sososossoso pleased!! Delicious AND easy to make. Thanks for sharing.

  24. I have tried to go paleo a couple of times before but always given in to cake…. I like cake. Your blog is giving me hope that I can do it *and* eat cake. FTW!

  25. omFg! This was amazing! I used the glaze as someone suggested and it was just, mind blowing. It’s actually better than any regular cake in a mug I’ve had and that’s saying a lot. I’ve had a really hard time liking paleo sweets more than the processed unhealthy ones.

  26. I just discovered this recipe and your website after searching for chocolate paleo friendly desserts… oh my gosh…it is to die for 🙂 Wonder how many calories are in this

  27. Is Almond Flour the same as Almond Meal? I know this can be a dumb question, but I am new to the paleo lifestyle and do not want to mess any recipes up!!!!

  28. hahahaha there is just no post that i read from u that is not hilarious plus i love your recipes. glad i found u. greetings from austria

  29. it’s like you can’t mess this up. i throw in random things, never measure, and voila…always perfect. this is the best ever.

  30. I’d SO love to try this!

    I can probably figure out how to make it using only coconut flour, as I’m broke and out of anything else.
    However, I fished through the rest of the comments and noticed the question has yet to be answered:

    How long and at what temp should we try this in a conventional oven?

    Hmm… maybe it took me writing that out to think of it. Duh.
    It’s a CUPcake!
    So then, I may just attempt this in my little toaster oven (so as to not heat up the house for 2 little mugs o’ cake).

    Yeah, well, thanks for the therapy session here. Nice to talk it all out, realize I knew the answer to my problem all along, and get rewarded with warm chocolate cake.

    1. Hey Julie! I’m honestly not totally sure, I’m guessing at about 350 for maybe 12-15 minutes? But I haven’t messed about with it. I love chocolate therapy sessions

  31. Have been craving your cake in the mug ever since I saw the recipe. But dont have eggs in the house. And its cold outside. But I may still go ‘cos I need to try this amazingly simple chocolate fix. Thanks and happy new year!

  32. Bless you this was amazing! Also made the buffalo chicken meatloaf for dinner tonight! Can’t wait to try it!

  33. Good golly! This was so incredibly yummy. I think every meal and snack this week have been from your blog. Chai pork chops? Where do you come up with this? So great.

  34. It was a great 50th birthday cakel for my paleo husband! Mug even fit five candkes. Amazingly easy and very yummy. I had to make one for me too. Thanks for saving the day.

  35. I think the best part about this is it actually has the texture of regular cake (I was worried about that, since I’ve tried other paleo sweet recipes where the texture just was wrong). Husband didn’t even know it was paleo, and now he asks for it! I feel extra sneaky.

    Usually sub coconut oil for the walnut oil, since we always have coconut oil in the house. Use the extra virgin stuff that actually smells/tastes like coconut. YUM!

  36. Made this for the second night in a row! I subbed olive oil and carob powder and it was still AMAZING. Thank you for your wonderful recipes, Juli! I just got back from vacation in Las Vegas and am weening back into my healthy ways. Haha. This is perfect. 🙂

  37. So, am I missing something? I followed the recipe above to the letter (save the walnut oil – I don’t have any of that, so I used ghee)… and this was the thickest cake batter I’ve ever seen – the consistency of peanut butter. Are you sure you’re not supposed to add some almond milk or something to it? (it also seems to need baking soda or powder…) It’s quite dry and a bit on the bitter side. I want to love this like everyone else, but I’m wondering if you’re missing an ingredient or two up there…because mine was definitely not spectacular.

      1. Yep. Still peanut butter. (For the record, I just want to state that I’m not a n00b to cooking…I have a culinary degree and I’m a former pastry chef. It’s just difficult for swinging to non-dairy, non-gluten cooking!)

        From previous experiments, I’d say it’s the coconut flour, and the lack of liquid (like almond milk or something). This is the first recipe I’ve seen where there are equal parts almond flour and coconut flour. Usually the coconut flour is far less than this. Usually, when I use coconut flour, my ratio is 4Tbsp coconut flour : 1 cup regular AP flour. Since you can swap out almond flour for regular, the next time I try this, I’ll be cutting the cocnut flour back to about 1.5 teaspoons instead.

        Or maybe it’s the brands of what I’m using. Or the climate. Who knows. There’s a lot of 5-star ratings on the recipe, and even being skeptical and thinking that a lot of them are fake (which I don’t, but some might say that) they can’t ALL be, so I guess I’ll have to chalk it up to some weird unknown factor.

        I the meantime, I’m adding milk (I’m out of almond milk, so it won’t be strictly paleo this time) and attempting to fix what I’ve got. Thanks for the recipe, though!

        1. I used coconut oil instead of walnut, half the amount of agave nectar instead of honey (I really dislike honey, unfortunately), and cayenne instead of cinnamon, and loved the result. I AM a noob to cooking, but in my admittedly small amount of experience in paleo baking, I’ve noticed that the textures simply haven’t been quite like the flour-based versions despite the flavors being very similar. I grew up on Chinese pastries though, which tend to be less sweet and more dry than American counterparts, and this recipe (with my minor alterations) was simply perfect for me. I hope you can figure out how to alter it to suit you!

  38. Okay, this actually works. With my super powered microwave it only took about a minute, and I used plain old sunflower seed oil instead of walnut. Just slightly on the dry side, may use a wee bit of hot water to get the cocoa powder to bloom next time. NOM <3

  39. Ok so…you may have…no probably did…ummmm….save the husband from having to deal with an OMGIWANTCHOCOLATECAKEANDIWANTITNOW! meltdown tonight. We both thank you! lol

    Simple recipe, amazing results. My microwave cooked it at about a minute.

    Oh and playing hide a teaspoon of almond butter in the center? Oh yeah baby! lol

  40. I didn’t have coconut flour so I used plain dried coconut flakes and it still tasted awesome. Thx for satisfying my chocolate cake fix. This is a keeper.

  41. Just made this tonight and since it was not sweet I made icing which consisted of homemade almond milk and organic powdered sugar. I really like that this used coconut and almond flour. I also added some shredded coconut for a little crunch.

  42. My 5 & 3 year old are digging into their cake in a mug as we speak!!! And loving every bite:-) thanks for another great recipe!! God bless!

  43. Oh LAWD! I think I love you! I don’t have walnut oil, so i subbed coconut oil and microwaved it for about 15 seconds before I added the rest of the ingredients. The first time I made it, it was just a tad drier than I would have liked, so I took 30 seconds off the microwave time this go round and it is just perfect! I also subbed Agave in version 2.0, because that’s what I had. Worked like a charm! If want to try with walnut oil, I bet it adds a nice nutty flavor.

  44. Love your website and up beat style. Wish I could say I loved this…sadly it was vile. I ate a quarter as I was so desperate for a cocoa fix but had to bin the rest. It was dry and the texture was cloying. Like Shelly, I’m a pretty good cook but this one eluded me…

  45. I had a chocolate craving and wanted something quick and easy that I could make without going to the store so I tried this, it was so amazing, hit the spot, can’t believe how easy it was and it was so filling I almost couldn’t finish it but I had to cause it’s so good! I will definitely share with all my friends!

  46. I too had a MAJOR chocolate craving and almost broke down and ate something I shouldn’t have. Then I thought “Juli’s gotta have something quick and easy to whip up” and there is was…heaven in a mug!!! Totally satisfying and the easiest thing ever to make.

  47. Just made this because why not! Used coconut oil instead of walnut and used a food processor to make some of my own almond meal and it was BRILLIANT! Shared it with my roommate (we’re both food-lovers) and she was so surprised that it only took 5 minutes! Needless to say, we’ll be making this again…probably often!

  48. Purely & utterly awesome! I subbed maple syrup for the honey. For those without a microwave…350 degrees for about 15 minutes. Came out amazing. thanks!

  49. We failed at this last night. Too dry!!! Tonight we measured EXACTLY with the flour and added 1 container of baby food prunes. S u c c e s s!!!!! Wonderful and easy! Thanks for this!

  50. Im still inventing pancakes lol….just found this after making a coconut flour, egg, agave, almond butter, coco powder and water (man was it thick) pancake. Tasted like german chocolate brownies..I semi thawed some frozen strawberries and them blended them ..poured on top of pancakes…ohhhhh lord!. Bet this cake would be yumo with strawberry topping…Trying this next!

  51. This is the first time I’ve seen this website but this is the 3rd recipe I found for paleo chocolate mug cake and hands down this the best! Definitely enough for 2!

  52. Just did a calorie check on this recipe and it is a whooping 569 calorie little cake. It sure tastes delicious but it certainly could and has replaced some of my meals because it is so filling. I’m thinking of adding applesauce instead of the walnut/ coconut oil because that is what adds so many calories to this dessert.

  53. We are doing a kitchen remodel and I will be without an oven for a few weeks. I was craving something sweet to I Googled microwave mug cake. I tried one of the conventional recipes. It was NOT good. Fortunately I had a little bit of vanilla ice cream left and that made it palatable. Then I purposely searched for YOUR recipe that my daughter and I had made several years ago. I will start gathering the ingredients (I think I have them all) to make your excellent microwave mug cake.

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